In the same way as Launceston's UTAS campus redevelopment is expected to be transformative, Hobart's now much further down the same path after Infrastructure Australia today announced support for a new university precinct in the CBD.
It's declared the establishment of a science technology engineering and maths nerve centre on the corner of Argyle and Melville Streets a project of national significance.
Tasmanian Independent Andrew Wilkie is elated at what it'll ultimately do for Tasmania.
"It's going to bring thousands of students and researchers and academics into the CBD and what that will do is really turn Hobart into a university city and there are so many examples around the world where it changes the nature of the city."
He's mooted the Commonwealth funding half of the $400 million dollar cost with the Prime Minister for some time, but now talks can get even more serious.
"I'll now ramp up my efforts and try and close the deal in Canberra."
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